The FLoC'02 hat counter

1741 hats on 1181 heads
at 405 places in 42 countries


An event the size of FLoC does not organize itself. Well, actually smaller events don't organize themselves either, but FLoC is big enough that it very significantly doesn't organize itself.

In fact, more than 300 people have so far been involved in the preparations for FLoC - and even that only counts the people who have been credited by name somewhere on this website. One suspects that there are many more who work outside the spotlights.

Some of those 300 people wear more than one hat, according to the listings. Whether this means that they are working their hind parts off or that they are doing botchy half-hearted jobs in several different departments, we won't speculate. But to satisfy the interest of common curiosity (and, admittedly, also to satisfy the webmaster's desire to show off his scripting abilities) we have collected some statistics about the distribution of hats here.

The Rules: One mention of a person on the front page for a participating conference or workshop counts as one hat. Being on one of the FLoC steering or organizing committees counts as one hat. Having an assigned responsibility in the Local Organization Committee counts as one hat. A unit cost model is assumed: No attempt has been made to quantify the hardships entailed by wearing each particular hat.

This rule means that membership of a workshop's program committee counts as a hat only if the workshop organizers have asked to have the program committee appear on the FLoC website. That causes a slight bias in the measurements, but that can't be helped.

Being listed as an invited speaker or (co)author of an accepted paper counts as a hat too, but it is possible that the hat counter fails to recognise that two of those hats sit on the same head or at the same institution, because of differences in the spelling and abbreviations of names in our base data.